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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 


    Wichita, Kan., June 12, 2019 – Breakthrough Clubhouse, a pre-vocational program of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services, received a three-year accreditation in May as an affiliate of the Clubhouse International, an organization that develops Clubhouses around the world.  The recognition is significant, as it points to a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence.  Accreditation is awarded to Clubhouses that adhere to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, providing opportunities for Clubhouse members to find employment, go to school, build meaningful relationships and live healthy lifestyles. 

    The process is a rigorous one - both evaluative and consultative.  It includes a clubhouse self-study, site visit, dialogs regarding Clubhouse leadership and improvement opportunities, and a written report.  

    The accreditation process is conducted by members of the Clubhouse International faculty for Clubhouse Development.  The final report noted, “Members have a strong sense of pride and ownership in the  Clubhouse, there’s a strong culture of employment and an extremely active advocacy with the Kansas State Legislature which is resulting in solid support of Clubhouses in other parts of Kansas.”  David Kapten, Program Director for Breakthrough Clubhouse added, “This is an empowering program that supports self-directed recovery. Each member of the Clubhouse is needed and wanted.”  

    Clubhouses are local community centers that provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing, including:
    •    a work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse;
    •    participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse;
    •    Opportunities to obtain paid employment in the local labor market through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program. In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent programs;
    •    assistance in accessing community-based educational resources;
    •    access to crisis intervention services when needed, and;
    •    Evening/weekend social and recreational events.

    About Breakthrough Clubhouse 
    The Clubhouse Model is a unique program serving 386 people with mental illness in 2018.  It’s one of four primary programs of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services. Breakthrough has been an accredited Clubhouse since 1997 and continues to be the only one in Kansas. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.  


  • Mental Health Funding for certified Clubhouses as identified and funded by the Lottery Vending Machine legislation that became law in 2018.

  • Drawing from our history, our new name is "Breakthrough."

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Harness your Strengths to Become a Volunteer Expert

Everybody has that do-good friend that they look up to. It’s the kind of person that always helps others and never ceases to amaze you with their generosity. If only we could all be a little more like that. Luckily, when it comes to volunteering we can be by harnessing some key traits that make good volunteers. And while we all possess these traits to some extent, others are better at showcasing them. Here are some traits that make for great volunteers, and ways that you can embrace those traits to be the best volunteer you can be.

Stay Positive
It’s a concept that seems simple. It can get you through a tough time, or help pull others into a better mood. A little positivity can go a long way. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson explored different effects of positivity and how it can help you achieve new heights. One of the great effects of positivity is that it can boost your creativity. So start thinking with the “glass half full” method. If you remain positive while volunteering, it will be infectious.

Not feeling positive? It might be better to take the day off. If you think you can fake it ‘til you make it, you’re probably wrong. In fact, faking positivity can be significantly detrimental to others because they can sense the insincerity in your words and actions.

Empathy is a great volunteer trait because it means that you can identify with the way other people are feeling. Whether that means you’re more aware of how other volunteers are feeling or the people that you’re helping, it means that you will be able to have a better understanding of your surroundings. If you feel that you aren’t empathetic enough, watch another person when you volunteer. Now take time to envision how you would feel if you were in their position. This simple exercise will have you being a more considerate volunteer and others will notice the difference.

Go Getter
These people are the ones who go out and get it done. No matter how much you want to volunteer, or how much you’ve talked about volunteering, it doesn’t matter until you go out and actually do it. You may not be an every day go-getter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t volunteer. If you would like more motivation in this department, try seeking out a friend to volunteer with. If you have somebody else volunteering with you then you’ll be more apt to motivate each other to get after the task at hand.

Goal Oriented
Every nonprofit has a common goal, which is to achieve a mission. So when it comes to a volunteer, organizations want somebody who knows how to set and achieve goals at any level. If you are lacking in this category, sit down and make a list before you volunteer. Be realistic about your goals, such as how much time you can give to an organization and what services you can offer. Organize a timeline of volunteering and how much you would like to achieve in a certain amount of time. Then, hang up the list on your fridge or somewhere that you can see it regularly. You’ll be constantly motivated to achieve those goals.

Even if you don’t have a great track record with being responsible, there is room to change your ways through volunteering. Not used to taking on responsibility? Don’t sweat it. You can always start small, and then work your way up. Coincide the amount of responsibility you take based on the list of goals that you established. You can start by being responsible for a few hours of volunteering a week and working your way up to holding great weight and responsibility at the nonprofit.

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